Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, has frequently been referred to as a bad president because of the Watergate incident. But, remove that one blotch on his record and you have a pretty effective guy, perhaps one of the most effective in our nations history.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Nixon was the president that got us out of the Vietnam war, he turned around our economy around and opened up China’s market to the US. He also had a reform plan for healthcare way back in 1974 and he was very keen on environmental protections.
For example, “In these dark times when federal budget deficits (not federal debt) frequently roam around the $1 trillion mark, most Washington officials would probably sell their mother for a deficit of only $23 billion. But make no mistake—to the Nixon administration, this was a terrifyingly large number. So large, in fact, that Nixon was prepared to do something unthinkable to a modern-day Republican—he declared himself a Keynesian in 1971, and unleashed a bag of economic tricks so overwhelmingly liberal it would make Obama blush.
The New Economic Policy changed the course of history. It combined massive stimulus designed to increase employment with an uncoupling of the dollar from the Bretton Woods exchange system, essentially eliminating the link between the dollar and gold. The knock-on effect of this has been enormous. It’s the reason why we didn’t go through a devastating crash in 1987 and one of the reasons we’re in recession now.
This “Nixon shock” managed to knock around $17 billion off the deficit in three years. Imagine the praise Obama would have received for sweeping away 70 percent of the deficit in under one term, and try to argue that Nixon doesn’t deserve more credit for this.”
Nixon’s worst mistake was authorizing the Watergate burglary, but even this was probably forgivable if he had pled his case before the public. Nixon had information the Chinese were trying to influence the presidential election and had been funneling campaign money to the DNC using shell companies. Hindsight says there was good reason to suspect this, but we” never know now, because Nixon never finished his investigation.
Here’s another factoid that ought to make liberals faint… “Speaking of Nixon’s liberal credentials—it’s only by a tiny margin that your grandparents weren’t getting all worked up about “Nixoncare” in 1974. That’s right—32 years before Romney did it, and 34 years before Obama stole Romney’s idea (and somehow made him campaign against it), Nixon was trying to ensure affordable healthcare for the entire US population.
Just like Obamacare, his system would have utilized private employer-sponsored insurance, while extending subsidies to those too old or ill to work. And just like Obamacare, it would have stayed out of the regulation game with hospital budgets. It was a hugely popular move on the administration’s part and fellow Republicans absolutely lapped it up. In fact, the only reason it didn’t pass was that the Democrats thought it wasn’t liberal enough and voted against it. That’s the exact same policy they later expended lots of political capital forcing into law, while the Republicans who dreamed it up destroyed themselves fighting against it. It’s a weird world we live in.”